2015 Field Trip Schedule

If not otherwise mentioned, all trips begin at 10 a.m.

Date Site Focus Leader County
Jan 19 Big Trees Preserve, Sandy Springs Winter woodies Ellen Honeycutt Fulton
Jan 26 Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Marietta Wonders of the Pacific Northwest: Natural History of Southeast Alaska Scott Ranger Cobb
Feb 9 Wolf Creek Preserve Trout lilies, spotted trillium Beth Grant, Ed McDowell Grady
Feb 16 Sweetwater Creek State Park Lichens Mal Hodges, Sean Beeching Douglas
Mar 2 Cochran Shoals, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Early spring wildflowers Maureen Donohue Cobb
Mar 3 Kennesaw Mountain Natl Battlefield Park natural history of the area including early flowering plants Scott Ranger Cobb
Mar 9 Broad River Wildlife Management Area Early spring wildflowers Hugh Nourse, Jean Smith Elbert
Mar 16 Devil’s Fork and Oconee Station State Park Shortia, spotted trillium Walt Cook Oconee, SC
Mar 23 Cloudland Canyon State Park, Sittons Gulch Trail, flats at bottom of the Canyon Trout lilies, decumbent trillium, Harbinger-of-spring, toothworts Rich Reaves Dade
Mar 24 Pocket of Pigeon Mountain – limit 25 people Early spring wildflowers Jerry Hightower Dade
Mar 30 Pocket of Pigeon Mountain Early spring wildflowers Mike Christison Dade
Mar 31 Monticello Glades, Oconee National Forest Early spring wildflowers Sabrina Sewell, Walt Cook Jasper
Apr 13 Panther Creek Spring wildflowers Walt Cook Stephens
Apr 13 Akers Mill to Paces Mill, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Harbingers of spring discovery hike: mature oak-hickory forest, Brevard Fault, great botanical areas Jerry Hightower Cobb
Apr 14 Cloudland Canyon State Park, Sittons Gulch Trail Geology and flora of Cloudland Canyon – walk from top to bottom Dan Williams, Rich Reaves Dade
Apr 20 Loggy Branch, North Carolina Spring wildflowers Ben Cash Clay, NC
Apr 27 Ted Meredith’s native azalea collection Native azaleas in cultivation Ted Meredith  
Apr 27-28 SW Georgia Pitcherplant Bogs Weekend Pitcherplant bog flora Maureen Donohue Turner, Colquitt
May 02 (Th) Fort Stewart – limit to 12 people – must preregister Sandhills, seepage ponds, limit to 12 people – must preregister Larry Carlile Bryan
May 4 Sprewell Bluff Turkeybeard and Scutellaria pseudoserrata Hal Massie Meriwether
May 4 Chestatee River Canoe Float & Spring Flora Jerry Hightower Lumpkin
May 4 Arkaquah Trail, Brasstown Bald Spring wildflowers Walt Cook Union
May 5 Lake Winfield Scott 6-mile loop Spring wildflowers Linda Chafin Union
May 11 Oaky Woods Prairies and Woodlands Search for native verbenas, fringed campion and green violet Tom Patrick Houston
May 11 Palisades, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Canoe Float & Spring Flora Jerry Hightower Fulton
May 11 Beech Creek Trail/Tate City and NC Spring wildflowers Walt Cook, Eddi Minche Towns
May Flat Shoals Creek Shoals Spider Lily Steve Johnson Harris
May 13 (Mo) Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center Wild Edibles Workshop & Wild Edibles Walk Jerry Hightower Cobb
May 18 Flint River Canoe Float Shoals Spider Lilies Jerry Hightower Upson
May 18-19 Townsend Wildlife Management Area, Altamaha River floodplain Sandhills, cypress swamps James Holland McIntosh Co
Date site (two- or three-day outings in the same vicinity are highlighted in yellow) focus Leader County
May 25-27 Grassy Mountain (25th), Cohutta Roadside botanizing (26th), Panther Creek Falls, Cohutta Wilderness Area (27th) Late spring wildflowers Hal Massie and Rich Reaves Gilmer
Jun 8 Kimsey Creek, Standing Indian area, NC spring wildflowers Eddi Minche NC
Jun 15 Big Hammock Natural Area Elliottia racemosa in flower Bobby Hattaway Tattnall
Jun 29 Oaky Woods Prairies Peak of yellow prairie coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) bloom Tom Patrick Houston
Jul 13-14 Roadside botanizing in Waycross/Okefenokee area Summer wildflowers Rich Reaves Ware
Jul 20 Reed Branch Wet Meadow Green pitcherplant, coastal plain spp Hal Massie Towns
Aug 10 Fort Mountain State Park Summer wildflowers Lisa Kruse Murray
Aug 17-18 SW GA, North Florida panhandle Platanthera and other late summer wildflowers Jim Drake various
Aug 24 Blood Mountain, Freeman Trail Silene ovata, Scrophularia marilandica, late summer WFs Linda Chafin Union
Sep 14 Fall Line Sandhills WMA Late summer wildflowers, composites John Jensen, Nathan Klaus Taylor
Sep 21 Burks Mtn Geology and flora of Georgia’s only serpentine barren Dan Williams  
Sep 28 TBA Annual Meeting Annual Meeting TBA
Oct 5 Greenwood Plantation Late summer wildflowers in old growth longleaf pine woodlands Phil Spivey Thomas
Oct 6 Williams Bluff Salix floridana, Rudbeckia auriculata and other composites, late summer wildflowers Mal Hodges Early
Oct 12 Monticello Glades, Oconee National Forest Ecology Workshop: Plant Communities of the Piedmont Leslie Edwards Jasper
Oct 14 (Mo) Blackjack Crossing TNC Preserve Sandhills and bogs Hal Massie, LuAnn Craighton Talbot
Oct 19 Yonah Mountain Fall color, fall flora Ben Cash White
Oct 26 Echeconnee NA/Oaky Woods Agalinis and Spiranthes odorata/Black Belt Prairies Ed McDowell Bibb and Houston
Oct 27 Lake Chapman Trail, Sandy Creek Park Fall Color and tree ID hike Linda Chafin Clarke
Nov 9 Stephens County mafic prairies Georgia Aster, Stiff-leaved Aster, Colic Root, American Aloe, Smooth Coneflower, Butterfly Weed and many Goldenrods Heather Alley Clarke
Nov 11 (Mo) FDR State Park Montane longleaf pine woodlands Hal Massie Harris/Talbot
Nov 16-17 Apalachicola Natl Forest/FL Panhandle Two rare species of Grass-of-Parnassus, several ladies-tresses species, and at least two gentian family species. Virginia Craig (FL Native Plant Society) and Jim Drake FL Panhandle
Dec TBA Holiday Party Jerry Hightower